‘Everything is copy’ – that was Nora Ephron’s famous dictum. And for better or worse, comedians are expert at mining their personal lives (and those of others) for the sake of comedy.
But is it fair – let alone funny – to use real-life events for the sake of a punchline? Do different rules apply for women when it comes to writing about personal stuff?
At this year’s Jeez Louise talk, in partnership with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we’ll discuss these questions with a panel of top comedians and comedy writers. Has Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette changed the way comedians, especially female comedians, tell personal stories? And where else, if not your own life, do you get ideas for comedy anyway?
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Comedy Festival.